Last night for the 47th year, the Cortland Elks Club honored local police.
Nominees from the State, County, Cortland, Homer and University Police were recognized for outstanding work.
“I like to be busy,” said Cortland Police Officer Nathan Moran. “I like to keep busy. I don’t like sitting around doing nothing. I like to be busy.”
Out of many worthy nominees, Moran was singled out by the Cortland Elks #748 as “Lawman of the Year” for his achievements.
“I’m always educating myself, reading books. I’m trying to take it to the next step. Like I said I love being busy.”
According to a nomination letter from Cortland Police Chief Michael Catalano, Moran was at or near the top in the stats used to measure the work of officers. Moran also took the initiative to start a second K-9 unit for the department.
In that role, he is regularly called on to work with all the local departments.
“I’m happy to call them all co-workers. I work with all the agencies around on a regular basis.
Moran was one of many at the Elks Club worthy of recognition last night.
The other nominees included:
- Homer Police Officer Christopher Parrow and Cortland County Sheriff’s Officer Brandon Eckes-Conway for trying to rescue an elderly man from a fire in Homer in September.
- Cortland County Sheriff’s Lt. Todd Caufield for his leadership as the department investigated a bank robbery in Cortlandville last November.
- SUNY Cortland Police Chief Steven Dangler for working to gain accreditation for the department and his leadership the SUNY Police Chief’s Association. Dangler was also saluted for his 40 years of service as he prepares to retire at the end of the month.
- NYS Police Officer Daniel Huff for 12 years of patrolling I-81 in Cortland County, investigating accidents, assisting drivers and watching for drivers who are speeding or impaired. Trooper Huff has issued more than 13,000 traffic tickets during his time stationed in Cortland County.
Mark Suben served as emcee.
Assistant New York State Attorney General Jim Mindel of the Organized Crime Task Force was the featured speaker. He told officers that he specializes in writing up the legal paperwork to request wiretaps of drug suspects, which often leads to arrests.
Mindel was central to “Operation Gravy Train” where 105 people were arrested for selling drugs in St. Lawrence County. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation. Two people from Cortland were among those arrested.
X101 photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page later today.